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Bees Knees
Lens: SMC Pentax A 50mm f1.4 Camera: K-x Photo Location: louisiana ISO: 200 
Posted By: Paleo Pete, 07-19-2010, 05:18 PM

A couple of bees from the past 2 days. I've been shooting a lot of insects - bees, wasps, mud daubers, a Praying Mantis, butterflies, are some bees.

This one is a small bee about 1/2 inch long on a Coreopsis. The flower is about the size of a quarter.

I'm not sure what bee this is, quite similar to a Mason Bee. The flowers are barely over 1/8 inch each.

Cicada killer I'm pretty sure, almost 2 inches long.

Honey bee. Caught a couple in flight AND in focus...that's a first...

And another honey bee in flight.

HUH??? wha happen???

And my first ever bee in flight, last week in Texas. Not sure what bee this one is...

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07-19-2010, 05:24 PM   #2
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Don't know quite what happened, I guess I screwed up. Here's the bee that didn't make it

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All are great shots, crisp sharp focus with vibrant colour and very good background composition. Well done.
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I like them all but the first one you captured with the shadow on the bark is really my favorite.

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really super work pete ! i find these little creature fascinating to watch... sometimes frustrating to shoot.... but worth the effort... thanks for sharing, dave m
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Thanks a lot everyone. I like trying to shoot bees, insects in general actually, most are not easy to capture. Only thing I know of that moves quicker and more erratically is hummingbirds. These are just a few of the shots from recent days, I got about a dozen keepers of the flying honey bee, 10 or so of the black one, but only one good shot of the one flying against the gate bar. (bottom shot, first post.) Only got 3 shots of it total, so I think I did fairly well on that one.

Oh, and these are just the way they came off the camera, all I did was crop.

Really appreciate the compliments.

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